Peony Madness

by philinshelton on June 5, 2009

in Bits and Pieces,Peonies

I like to think I know a little bit about bamboo, but I know next to nothing about peonies, except that right now, cutting peonies has been eating up about 16 hours of my day!  Here's a little history and some pics of what's been keeping from my blog. A few years back, I got the bright idea of purchasing about an acre of peonies, all set up for a little cut flower business including and old, ramshackle cooler (that works quite well).  My wife bought into the idea (just because she loves me) and my brother, who is  a tree peony fanatic , was an easy mark quickly taken in by the beauty of a field of herbaceous beauties.  So in spring of 2006, doing all of the work ourselves, we started selling peonies.   We sell virtually all of our flowers to Brother's United, just a minute or two from the field, which in turn sells to wholesale floral companies around the country.  Here's some documentary pics I have taken since then.  Click on the pics to view a larger image.

Finished setting the cooler October 2005

Me getting ready for the first peony cutting season May 2006. How hard can it be?

Brother Vince cutting peonies

Brother Vince cutting peonies

Testing peonies for just the right time to cut

Testing peonies for just the right time to cut

Vince doing some more flower testing

Vince doing some more "flower testing"

Me hauling some nice Kansas to the cooler

Me hauling some nice Kansas to the cooler

Filling up the cooler

Filling up the cooler

Boxing up Coral Charm to ship

Boxing up Coral Charm to ship

Peonies too soft to ship go to friends and market

Peonies too soft to ship go to friends and market

We love our peony helpers!  Helper Anna

We love our peony helper Anna! (best friend's daughter)

My son, Justin

We love peony helper Justin! (my son)

With our record heat, our usual four week cutting season is all but over in just two weeks!  So, it will be back to blogging about bamboo and landscape work for the rest of the summer.  For more about peonies, check out the Peonies Plus website.  The owner and our good friend Frank Dickson, is the one that got us started with peonies, and he offers a wide selection of cut flowers and roots both wholesale and retail.

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Pete Bray June 7, 2009 at 1:20 pm

Cool… was the 1 acre expensive???

philinshelton June 7, 2009 at 1:39 pm

It’s actually 3 large, city lots that total a little less than one acre. Considering that it included the landscape fabric, and mature plants, I thought it was very reasonable. This is small town Western WA where prices are still pretty affordable.

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